Professional Cookery (Multi-skill or Pastry), Level 3
- Course start date:
- 04 Sep 2017
- Course end date:
- 29 Jun 2018
This course runs over four days a week, usually Monday-Thursday. The course is delivered during the normal college day (9am-5pm) three days a week, and one evening will be working in the college restaurant for the evening service (you will need to arrange transport home anywhere between 9pm-11pm).
Students are given the opportunity to participate in many enrichment events over the year. Students will visit local hotels such as Lakeside at Newby Bridge and Beech Hill near Bowness, to gain an insight into how these businesses operate and will be given the opportunity to travel abroad e.g. last year students visited Berlin and this year they are heading to Amsterdam. As well as trips and visits, students will take part in internal, local and national competitions e.g. Lakes Speciality Food in Stavely run internal competitions in college (such as a Burger Competition) and four students last year travelled on a fully expenses paid trip to Cape Town in South Africa, as part of the WorldSkills legacy competition. Last year, our students won the local Seafood Competition and made the final of the North West Young Chef of the Year.
The Hospitality department also recruits a Culinary Team who are employed by the college to support additional corporate events, with the money raised going into an end of year foreign experience. Students in previous years have visited top restaurants and hotels in Chicago, Dubai, Toronto, China and this year will be flying to Barcelona.
The department runs parents evenings during the year and an End of Year Prize Giving Ceremony. The department also invites five guest chefs into college to give students specific skill demonstrations.
All of our learners will be given support with their English and Maths skills where relevant to their main programme. Those students who have not yet achieved a ‘C’ grade at GCSE in these subjects will continue to work towards these important qualifications at a level suited to them.
This course will be part of a wider study programme, which may also include english & maths, work placement and additional studies.
What will I learn?
This course gives you some freedom to develop your ideas and give you the opportunities to create your own dishes. You are also given responsibility to lead a team of level 1 and level 2 students, delegating tasks to them and supervising their progress.
If you take the Multiskills route, you will work one day in pastry, two days in the main kitchen and one day developing your skills in the training kitchens. The multiskill qualification is a combination of larder and pastry units.
If you opt for pastry, your time will be spent developing your patisserie skills in pastry. You will have the opportunity to develop your skills in cakes, pastry, enriched dough products and hot and cold desserts with sauces, sauce and filling. You will also work with chocolate, sugar and decorative work.
Functional skills or GCSEs in Maths and English may also be included into your study programme, if you have yet to achieve a grade C in these subjects.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment is continuous throughout the year and includes development of a portfolio.
The College runs a HNC and HND in Hospitality Management, which you may want to progress onto.
All students are guaranteed a job at the end of their course. Our students have gone onto work as chefs, front of house staff, and managers in a wide range of hotels and restaurants, including Michelin starred L’Enclume in Cartmel and Lakeside at Newby Bridge. We also have previous students working in establishments from France to New Zealand and everywhere in-between!
This course is ideal if you’ve worked in a professional kitchen for some time, or have a Level 2 qualification. You should want to develop your skills further, perhaps to become a specialist chef or move into a management role. Please do not hesitate to contact the College to discuss this aspect of the programme with the tutor.
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